Holiday Safety: Tip No. 17

Keep the home fires burning safely this holiday with these helpful tips.

There is nothing more appealing on a cold winter's night than a blazing fireplace and the warm glow of candles. Burning the Yule log on the hearth gives a sense of winter warmth and holiday cheer.

To keep the home fires burning safely, follow these safety tips from the Branford Fire Department, Branford, Ontario.

  • Do not burn gift wrappings, boxes, cartons or other types of packing material in a fireplace. They burn too rapidly and generate far too much heat for that type of structure.
  • Remove your Christmas stockings from the fireplace mantel when the fireplace is in use.
  • Always use a screen in front of the fireplace to protect against flying sparks.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Use only seasoned and dried wood. Do not use pressure treated wood.
  • Clean ashes regularly. Place the ashes in a metal container and store outside away from combustible or flammable materials.
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